Shared parental leave – a reminder

Aug 14, 2015

Employers are reminded that new regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 that make changes to the way in which eligible parents will take leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The new rules apply to couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 or children matched or placed for adoption on or after that date.   Shared parental leave…

Fifty shades of grey for landlords

Apr 21, 2015

With the launch of the Protocol for Applications for Consent to Assign or Sublet it seems an ideal time to touch upon the issues commonly surrounding ‘landlord’s consent’.  Most leases contain ‘qualified covenants’ whereby the tenant is only permitted to do something if the landlord has first given its consent. The…

Rugby Sponsorship Claim

Jan 12, 2015

In an important decision for corporate sponsors and those who benefit from their financial help, a fishing company which stumped up £1.2 million in support of its cash-strapped local rugby club has suffered defeat in its legal campaign to deduct that sum from its profits assessable to Corporation…

Terminal Dilapidations

Jan 12, 2015

What’s New in Terminal Dilapidations?  What are the implications of the repair clause in this Lease? Is it worth the expense (and delay) of getting a Schedule of Condition prepared before signing? A terminal dilapidations claim is the landlord’s…

Acas issues revised TUPE guidance

Sep 10, 2014

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has issued revised guidance for employers, entitled ‘Handling TUPE transfers’, on how to handle business transfers to which the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply. This takes into account changes to the legislation introduced by the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection…

Disqualification & company ownership changes

Sep 10, 2014

The Government plans to make sweeping revisions to the regulations concerning the disqualification of directors. These will generally operate to make the regime more punitive towards directors whose behaviour is deemed to warrant a penalty. The changes include the introduction of the ability to ban from being a director of a British company a person…

Shadow director duties

Sep 10, 2014

Shareholders are not necessarily directors of a company, which may lead them to believe that they cannot be held responsible for the actions of the company in which they have a stake. However, when a shareholder (or anyone else) exerts sufficient sway over a director to influence the company’s business, the court may consider them to be a ‘shadow director’. A shadow director is a person…

Commercial Retirement

May 12, 2014

Retirement from a Partnership or Company is a topic worthy of weighty tomes and this article will not attempt to go into any detail of the specific aspects, it is written more as a signpost to highlight areas that will require discussion and agreement. I think the best general advice that can be given on the subject is to agree retirement plans in principle when the proverbial sun is shining and…

Business Rates on Empty Properties and Meanwhile Leases

May 12, 2014

The changes in the rateable value threshold have placed substantial financial pressures on commercial landlords. The rateable value threshold at which an empty property becomes subject to business rates has been substantially reduced from the original threshold of £18,000 to £2,600. The exemption from empty property business…

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